Joe Sestak is in line for another shot at Pat Toomey, though more than a quarter of PA Democrats still haven’t picked a candidate, according to the latest Harper Poll.
Sestak’s lead has been cut in half since September, but the 2010 Democratic Senate candidate still holds a five-point lead over his nearest challenger, Katie McGinty.
McGinty, former chief of staff for Gov. Tom Wolf, garnered 28% support, putting her in a tie for second with “Undecided.”
Braddock Mayor John Fetterman picked up 11% in the poll, but draws his strongest support from several key demographics, including voters aged 18-39 (16%), “very liberal” voters (14%) and the Pittsburgh/Southwest region (19%).
Interestingly, Fetterman comes in second to Sestak among voters with a very favorable opinion of tattoos, the poll shows.
Sestak has the best name recognition of the three Democrats – having served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives – though Fetterman faces an uphill battle over the next three months, with 53% of voters unaware of who he is.
Harper Polling surveyed 640 likely Democratic primary voters through landline interviews conducted using Interactive Voice Response (IVR). The poll took place between on January 22nd and 23rd. The margin of error is +/- 3.81%.